Easter is a time to start bringing spring colors back into the house! I put together an easy Easter display using pastel colors and lots of candy. But it all started with a wooden pennant that I made using Martha Stewart Craft Paint, a Martha Stewart Stencil, some hemp cording, and a borrowed Cricket Cutting Machine (though you can use a stencil or freehand the letters as well).
Next time I’ll tie some coordinating fabric to the wooden pennant to make it more festive and change out the plain hemp cording for a more decorative ribbon or even pink hemp. Still, I think it looks good with the overall setup.[alert-announce] Additional Easter Craft Tutorials and Recipes: Glitter Candle Tutorial and Add Some Sparkle to Flameless Candles (or regular wax); Easy Easter Crafts: Wooden Pennant Banner; Easy Easter Crafts: Painted Pots – Easter Dessert Table; Easy Easter Craft: Painted Chocolate Eggs; and Easter Lemon Cakes Recipe with Poured Fondant and Frosting[/alert-announce]
Painted Wooden Pennant Tutorial
Easter Pennant Supplies:
- (Martha Stewart Craft in Satin)
- (Martha Stewart Glass in Pearl)
- Wooden Cutouts (ArtMinds Simply Surfaces – purchased at Michael’s Craft Store for 29 cents each)
- Stencil (Martha Stewart Glass Silkscreen, Doily Lace)
- 3 yards hemp cording (or similar)
- (or alphabet stencil)
I chose the paint colors based on the flowers I picked up on sale at Michael’s Craft Store (99 cent each). Because the paints didn’t match exactly and because I needed more colors than I had on hand, I mixed the colors to get them to the right tone in Jello Shot containers. They have lids to store the paint as well. To the pink I added orange to get the perfect color and the green matches better in person than on screen. I love this paint and it’s satin finish (the terracotta pots have a pearl paint on the rim).
I painted two coats of the base paint with a flat paintbrush and let the wood dry between. Don’t forget the sides, but I didn’t bother with the back since mine would be against the wall. If you’ll be seeing it from both sides, allow a little extra time to do both.
Using the stencil, place it on the dried surface and press it in place (these have a small amount of stencil glue so they don’t require any taping). Holding the stencil in place, dip your sponge brush and then blot it on a paper towel or plate to knock off any excess. A nearly dry brush works best. Sponge the paint gently to cover the surface – don’t swipe back and forth – then raise the stencil off and move on to the next one. I used this stencil on several glass items before using it on the wood so some bits were missing – I just worked around those.
While the stenciled items are drying, cut enough pieces of hemp to string together your pennants. I wanted 1″ between each piece of wood so measure that plus the amount I’d need for two knots and cut them all the same length. Next knot one end of each of the cut strings. Then start stringing them together by putting the cord through the first and then from the back to front on the second
Put a 12″ or so piece of hemp cording on the first and last pennants to hang it and then add the letters (if stenciling or free hand painting the letters, do it before you string them together).
I was doing so many crafts simultaneously that I forgot to take photos of adding the letters. I cut them from white vinyl with the and pressed them in place. They’re easily removable so I can change it to a birthday pennant or leave them plain and use them as a spring decoration.